2015 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The shortlist for the 27th annual Sussex Business Awards 2015 has been announced.
2015 marks a record year for entries. With hundreds of applicants whittled down to just forty six finalists, this year is set to be a hot contest to receive one or more of the prestigious fifteen trophies.
To reach their crucial decision, the judges reviewed all the entries to come to a longlist of finalists. Candidates then go through a rigorous reviewing system, including phone, face to face and panel interviews, to determine who will be in the running for one of the most highly coveted awards in Sussex.
This year marks the first time that a ‘One to Watch’ accolade has been added to the shortlist. Announced on the night, the honour marks a company just outside the traditional three finalists and highlights those businesses to keep a close eye on for the year to come.
To further shake up the 27th Sussex Business Awards shortlist, for the first time ever, Sussex Businessperson of the Year finalists have been automatically selected from entrants to the Sussex Company of the Year and the Small Business of the Year Awards, as well as direct entries. Winners will then be decided after a series of face to face interviews in front of a panel of judges.
The judging process has been the most effective yet, with the panel thoroughly enjoying all the different twists to determine a list of high calibre, award winning business performers.
“The number and quality of the businesses entered demonstrates what a hot bed of talent Sussex really is,” says Martin Swann, Divisional Manager of Vantage Professional Risks.
“Being our first year as a sponsor of the Sussex Business Awards the first thing that impressed us was the superb organisation of this event. Secondly we were overwhelmed by the professionalism of the judging panel, the diligence shown by each individual judge involved is truly commendable.”
“We are honoured to have been involved to date and cannot wait for the main event and urge all to book their tickets for what promises to be a superb evening.”
Taking his place as chairman of the judges for a second year in a row was Mike Herd, executive director of the Sussex Innovation centre and a previous winner of the Sussex Businessperson of the year, who commented: “This year was a record year! With the amount of entries received, the judging process proved a difficult task.
“The exceptional quality of the entries really shined through, and I know a lot of worthy winners have been chosen.
“Congratulations to all the shortlist!”
This year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday 03 December 2015 at The Grand, Brighton and will be presented by star of ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha.
The Awards sell out each year so make sure to book your tickets soon.
For the full list of finalists, please CLICK HERE.
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